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–A hot but mostly sunny weekend in store
–A bit more of an unsettled pattern will bring a slightly better chance for mainly afternoon showers and storms next week.
Widespread hazardous weather is not expected over the next seven days.
We’ll continue this stretch of nice weather right on through the weekend! We may see a storm or two on Sunday but that’s nothing to cancel any plans over.
Data now suggests that next week won’t be as wet as it has looked like it would be. I think we’ll see an increase in shower and storm chances, but not all of us will get rain each day. In fact, many of us may stay dry through at least Tuesday. Those storm chances look highest in the heat of the afternoons and evenings.
Notice those rain chances are never 100%, meaning that some of you may go the entire forecast period without a drop of rain.
One year ago today
It was a humid day, with a morning low of only 70 degrees. The afternoon high reached 84 degrees. No rainfall was recorded.
Rain on August 14, 1777 caused the Battle of Bennington to be fought today instead. Bennington is located in Vermont. The rain delay allowed the Vermont militiamen to arrive in time, while the rain had delayed the British reinforcements. This enabled the Americans to be quite victorious in a battle they were otherwise expected to lose.
All remains quite in the Atlantic and Gulf, though that could change at any moment this time of year. Indications are still pointing to an active September.
the most rainfall ever recorded in a 24-hour period was 71.9 inches on the island of La Reunion. This occurred during a tropical cyclone on January 8, 1966. The map below shows you that the island is just east of Madagascar. Can you even begin to imagine six feet of rain in one day?!
Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD (New!)
Today’s term is….HEAT INDEX!
The heat index is the “how it feels” temperature. Generally, the higher the relative humidity values are for the same temperatures, the warmer it will feel outside. Higher humidity levels retard the ability for your sweat to evaporate. Since evaporation is a cooling process, your ability to cool is compromised.
If the temperature is 85 degrees and the relative humidity is only 20%, your sweat will readily evaporate and it will feel very nice outside. However, if the temp is 85 and the humidity is 70% the air will be too filled with water vapor for your sweat to evaporate and it will feel very uncomfortable. Some folks even struggle to breathe in such humid air. Remember, precipitation (or very dense fog) occurs when the humidity is 95-100%.
I have scheduled October 3rd and 4th for the next round of science classes for kids! Like the September classes, these are the first Thursday and Friday of the month. Also, the 11-13 year olds will meet at Roane State College (Crossville) at 4:30 on the 3rd, and the little kids will meet at the library the next day at 4:30. Classes will be about an hour or so and are free. I will open registration for these classes on Saturday morning, September 7th at 6:00 a.m.
The October lesson will be on the Moon to Mars mission that has been outlined by NASA, and the rockets that will get us there! I’ve already been ordering some cool rocket stuff! Supplies for the other classes are coming on a daily basis now. I have some really cool stuff planned!
Be sure and sign your child up. The September class for the 8-10 year olds filled up fast. I still have some room in the 11-13 year old class. You can register here: (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdP4SxgwMzjZLZ3SX5PgrAZy27GFXzbp4TrAhMYKYbdiJH0JA/viewform)
Finally, some big storms in Kansas left storm chasers with some really good views! This tornado was captured by chasers yesterday evening. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. Kansas has a lot of land for these things to roam without affecting much of anything.
You all have a great day!